Last Revised: November 12, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Union Square - Flatiron District.

Union Square and the Flatiron District is a lively neighborhood of New York life, and you can feel the excitement in the air as soon as you come up the subway steps. At one time this area was a hangout for drug dealers and protest rallies, but has been renovated and transformed. Four times a week a Green market fills the square with fresh produce, attracting patrons from all over the city.

Fun place to enjoy another part of New Yorkers lifestyle!

New York University (the largest private university in the USA) is located just south of Union Square around Washington Square, so we saw a lot of students in this area, and many artists displaying their works, and laptops in coffee shops.

We thought this was chalk art, but the artist was creating this artwork using colored sand in the different colored bags beside him as he was working. The little girl in the pink dress was completely fascinated with him, and I'm sure wanted to play too...


Karen remembered a place that she had heard of and saw their catalog many times, so we made a special stop on Broadway and East 19th St.
What a fun place to browse. Described as the city's most eclectic emporium, ABC Carpet and Home, comprises two landmark buildings that are part flea market, part antiques fair, and part Middle Eastern bazaar.

They also had two dining places: Dessert Studio and Pipa.

We didn't visit all six floors of this building but did see some fun stuff, including
some very expensive exotic chairs. (over $2,000.00) - not in our budget...

Flatiron Building

The shops and lively restaurants now extend up Fifth Ave. to the Flatiron District, named for the building at the intersection of Fifth Ave. and Broadway at 23rd St.

When this Flatiron Building was completed in 1902, it was the tallest building in the world. (It heralded the era of the skyscrapers). Originally named the Fuller Building, it became known as the Flatiron for its unusual triangular shape.


Back on the subway again to Times Square and a break from a lot of walking!

What a great public transportation system! Every major city should have one. We bought a
7-day pass - Metro Card - (unlimited rides on subway or bus) for only $27. each.





We purchased our passes at a vending machine at a subway station - very easy to use (cash or credit card). And using them to enter a subway platform is as easy as swiping your debit card at a grocery store. Using a bus was a bit different, as you insert the card, it's read and then pops up again.

Subway entrances are well-marked, and with their excellent map (free - ask a station agent) you'll be zipping around their huge system of over 233 route miles and 468 stations.

After a short break on Times Square and at our hotel, we walked over to Rockefeller Center and (went through security) to ride the elevator to the 68th floor, walked two flights to the 70th floor outside observatory to view the sunset and the city lights coming on for the evening.

Last revised: November 12, 2011

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